Department of Biology
In today’s world, studies in Biology are becoming increasingly important. Georgia Southern University’s Biology program prepares students for careers as professional biologists in a wide variety of fields. Southeast Georgia is a biologically rich and ecologically diverse area that encompasses coastline, wetlands, woodlands, and cities. Consistent with the mission of the University, the Biology Department seeks to expand horizons through outreach, preserve distinctive cultural and natural legacies, and maintain the integrity of South Georgia’s environment.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers a well-balanced program for the education of its students. To prepare them for their professional careers, the Department is committed to providing quality teaching and research experiences emphasizing critical and independent thought. The curriculum provides strong innovative instruction in the theory and practice of the chemical sciences. It is designed to introduce students to modern laboratory methods and technology using state-of-the-art scientific equipment. The faculty is committed to providing an environment that addresses the individual needs of each student and encourages them to develop their potential through life-long learning and to be responsible members of their profession and community.
Department of Geology and Geography
The Department of Geology and Geography offers a balance of teaching, research, and service to the region served by the University, and beyond. Areas of focus among geology faculty include igneous and metamorphic petrology, paleontology, sedimentology, structural geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, coastal geology, environmental geology, and natural history of the Coastal Plain. Geography faculty interests include geospatial analysis, health geography, cultural geography, urban geography, tourism geography, coastal wetlands, remote sensing, land-use and land cover change, geomorphology, and economic geography. Both programs emphasize the application of Geographic Information Science (GIS).
Department of Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers programs of study for students interested in mathematics, mathematics education or statistics. The department is dedicated to providing students with excellent instruction that incorporates innovative instructional techniques and technologies. In their roles as teacher-scholars, the faculty maintains consistent and significant productivity, recognized at regional, national, and international levels, in basic research, applications, and pedagogy. The department is strengthened by the extensive service activities of the faculty on campus and in the community as well as through high-profile service to the profession. In addition, the department provides many areas for student involvement, including an active student organization and student competition teams.
Department of Military Science
The Georgia Southern University Military Science Department is charged with managing the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program on campus. Army ROTC provides college-trained officers for the U.S. Army, the Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserve. It does this through a combination of college courses in military science and summer training sessions. The Professor of Military Science at Georgia Southern University administers the programs at the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses, as well as at Savannah State University and East Georgia State College - Statesboro. Students at the Georgia Southern Liberty campus wishing to enroll in Army ROTC must take their military science courses at either the Statesboro or Armstrong campus.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The mission of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Georgia Southern University is four-fold. First, to provide its majors with a strong, basic undergraduate physics/astronomy education that will serve them whether they pursue an advanced degree in physics, a professional career in medicine or dentistry, a career in industry or in science education. Second, to provide excellent instruction in introductory physics and astronomy to non-majors. Third, to conduct original research in physics and astronomy that is recognized at regional, national, and international levels. Fourth, to foster an interest in science in the community and the region.
James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science
The Institute for Coastal Plain Science (ICPS) is an interdepartmental organization that provides an identity to an area of exceptional research and teaching strength. Members of the ICPS include faculty and students from several departments including biology, chemistry, geology and geography, civil engineering, and environmental health sciences. It also has three full-time scientists and two support personnel. The mission of the ICPS is to promote, in coordination with public and private partnerships, interdisciplinary research and education directed toward understanding the physical and biological resources occurring below the Fall Line and their sustainable use and management. Membership in the ICPS is open to any researchers with a focus on this geographic region. The ICPS also assists with management of the several natural history collections on campus and is the primary home of the U.S. National Tick Collection.
Sustainable Aquaponics Research Center (SARC)
The Sustainable Aquaponics Research Center (SARC) is located in an approximately 4100 square foot greenhouse, on the Armstrong campus, that supports student and faculty research in areas of Biology, Chemistry, Economics and Engineering. The SARC facility is a state of the art system designed to research the economic and biological sustainability of aquaponics systems. There are four independent recirculating systems, each containing 900 gallon tanks capable of holding over 100 mature tilapia (1-2 lbs/each) and 224 square foot runways for growing plants. This proprietary system was uniquely built to conduct controlled scientific research. This allows the center to develop targeted experiments with the goal of improving the economic viability of large-scale aquaponics as a means of sustainable food growth requiring less resources and space.
Located on 11 acres near the southeast end of the Statesboro campus, the Garden celebrates the natural history and culture of the southeastern coastal plain. The Garden features a growing collection of native and heritage plants including 270 taxa and 20 of the state’s protected plants. The Garden offers woodland trails, wetlands, landscape gardens of coastal plain natives, a native azalea collection, an arboretum, a vegetable garden, a complex of early 20th century farm buildings, Rural Life Museum, the Whelchel Camellia Garden, and more. As a research and educational resource for faculty and students, the Garden provides undergraduate and graduate internships and hands-on study opportunities. Workshops, tours, school field trips, special events, and plant sales are some of the Garden’s public outreach programs.